Online Classes vs. Classroom Learning: Which Choice is Right for You?

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    April 15, 2019

    Less than 20 years ago, MIT first introduced what they called OpenCourseWare, and what today we call online courses. Since that time the popularity of this type of learning has exploded, with offerings available from schools across the globe. But how do you know if online learning is right for you, in your life, and with your specific needs? Take a look at the below benefits of both online learning and more traditional on-ground vocational learning, like that offered by Florida Career College, and decide for yourself!

    ONLINE LEARNING

    Convenience/Flexibility

    Online classes offer a lot of value to the right students, particularly in the areas of flexibility and convenience. Students who are working full-time or who are already struggling to juggle personal and professional commitments may find that online classes offer them the ability to decide when and where is best for them to learn.

    Online coursework is often uploaded by instructors in such a way that students can decide when to access it, fitting lessons and work into their lives, at their convenience.

    Study Anywhere

    The ability to study anywhere with an internet connection is also often a popular reason for choosing online learning. Working students can use their lunch break to login to the course and get some work done. Even students who are traveling (whether for work or other reasons), can login and connect with each other and the lesson.

    No Commute

    Students will benefit from eliminating their commute time to school—particularly those who live in sprawling metropolitan areas where traffic can significantly impact the time you have to give to each of your commitments. Working students who take public transportation may find themselves able to get work done while on the bus or train.

    IN-CLASS LEARNING

    The Personal Touch

    There is simply no substitute for the personal touch, no matter how much we try to manufacture it. Face-to-face connections with instructors and other students are uniquely human experiences. In-person instruction and group work help to reinforce messaging and makes it easier to recall later. Additionally, when working in-person instructors are able to provide one-on-one guidance to students who may have challenges or need a little extra support.

    Hands-On Experience

    Some careers simply do not lend themselves to the online experience. For instance, students studying in fields such as Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Medical Assistant Technician, Patient Care Technician require hands-on learning. Whether it is learning how to install HVAC units, or help assist doctors, students need the practical experience and application of techniques and skills to help them hit the ground running when they complete their programs.

    Instructor-Driven Learning

    Students in an on-ground class know what to expect. Instructors provide motivation, reminders, and provide a designated time for students to show up and learn. Instructor-driven learning is great for people who are not good at staying focused and on track, need help remembering to complete assignments, or who are not organized.

    Working with Others

    When students take an on-ground class, they have a built-in peer group who is studying the same concepts at the same time. This facilitates brainstorming, study groups, working through challenges, group motivation, and group projects. There is great value in connecting with fellow students, reinforcing teamwork skills that will be essential in the workforce.

    Additionally, making those interpersonal connections may prove valuable down the road when you are pursuing a job. Some of your classmates might have insights or even be able to extend job offers to other students who they know and whose work they are familiar with from the classroom.

    THE CHOICE IS YOURS

    Online learning is popular for many reasons, but it is unlikely to ever fully replace in-person, on-campus vocational learning. Every student is unique, as are their learning needs. It is therefore important that each individual student considers the relative benefits of different learning styles and what will most help them pursue their own career goals. Only you can decide what style of learning best suits you and the career you wish to pursue.

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